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Welcome to the second episode of Out West, the official podcast of the Western Governors’ Association. This installment continues our series on Reimagining the Rural West, the Chairman’s Initiative of North Dakota Gov. and WGA Chair Doug Burgum, which is examining challenges and opportunities in rural economic development, infrastructure and quality of life in the West.
This episode, Reimagining the Rural Narrative, finds WGA Policy Advisor Laura Cutlip discussing ways to rewrite the predominantly negative narrative that often surrounds rural communities. She’s joined by Ben Winchester, a rural sociologist from the University of Minnesota Center for Community Vitality; and Jennifer Groth, Policy and Partnerships Manager at Rural Development Initiatives.
Episodes of Out West are released every three weeks. After we complete the series on Gov. Burgum’s Initiative, culminating in a report summarizing progress made during the last year, episodes will continue on other WGA policy work.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: In our first episode, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum spoke about why he chose to pursue the Reimagining the Rural West Initiative.